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Hurtigruten Ship Runs Aground; All Safe, Cruise Cancelled

March 5, 2013 By: Susan Young


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The Kong Harald // Photo by Hurtigruten ASA

At 11:30 p.m. local time in Norway on March 4, Hurtigruten's 11,200-ton Kong Harald hit an underwater water rock and was grounded off the Norwegian coastline at the entrance to Trollfjord, a popular highlight of a Norwegian coastal voyage.

In the midst of an eight-night cruise from Stokmarknes to Bergen, the 450-passenger ship began taking on water, according to the line. Kong Harald remained upright, but was stuck for several hours until high tide lifted the ship free from a rock.

"She then sailed directly to Svolvaer," said the line's statement, "There were 258 passengers onboard, 16 of whom were from the U.K. The situation onboard was calm and all guests now have disembarked."

No guests were reported injured, although the ship's main ballast tank apparently sustained damage. The cruise from March 4 to March 12 has been cancelled and the passengers are being flown home today.

Kong Harald is sailing to a drydock in Fiskarstrand for repairs, the line said in its statement.

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Susan Young
A veteran of 100-plus cruises, Susan J. Young, is senior contributing editor for cruises – covering ocean, river and niche cruises for Travel Agent and

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By Susan Young | March 5, 2013
Hurtigruten's Kong Harald apparently ran aground at the entrance to Trollfjord in Norway yesterday; no injuries were reported, the ship floated free with high tide, and passengers left the ship in Svolvaer, Norway. The ship will be repaired in a Norwegian shipyard and the cruise has been cancelled.